Digital economy and the future of work

8 December 2016 - A Workshop on Other in Guadalajara, Mexico


Ageing population, globalization 2.0 and digital revolution are completely reshaping the world of work. In particular, growing computer power, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and collaborative platforms are profoundly changing the characteristics of work: what is needed, by whom, where and how it should be carried out. Following the success of the workshop at IGF 2015 “Digital economy, jobs and multistakeholder practices” there is a need to continue to deepen the analysis of the future of work in the digital economy.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together representatives from diverse stakeholder groups to explore the future of work in the digital economy. This topic matches the overarching theme of IGF “‘Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth” as it will address how the digital economy is driving shaping and challenging workforces and types of jobs which are key to inclusive growth. The workshop will answer the following question: “How can we reap the benefits and address challenges of the digital economy for the future of work?”

The workshop will discuss some very important challenges including: the financial and regulatory risks in starting up new businesses or creating new infrastructures; appropriate and available skills development practices and infrastructures necessary for creating, consuming, and maintaining new services; existence of network externalities and barriers to trade; institutional linkages to higher education, research and business. Through an interactive discussion participants will consider how multistakeholder efforts can identify and address skill deficiencies to better prepare work forces for the changes produced by the digital economy. 


Cerf, Vint
Galpaya , Helani
Nalwoga, Lillian
Spiezia, Vincenzo

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